Yesterday's reading from the 1st Letter of John (for December 30th) gave us a great insight on setting our priorities. On this New Year's Eve, when millions will celebrate with reckless abandon the passing of the old year and the coming of the new, when so many "new year's resolutions" will be rooted in worldly success and getting ahead, the words of John are important to note.
John says: "Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of the God remains forever."
The older I become the clearer I see that the things of this world, good and bad alike, are so transitory. We mourn their loss and hope for a better replacement. But the reality of life, that which is certain, that which is lasting, is not found in those tangible things. Rather, it is in the spiritual, in the divinely gifted relational encounters, where we find lasting joy and happiness and peace. May we take these words of John to heart and prayerfully immerse ourselves in the life of God brought to us in Christ Jesus.